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The Kahlert Foundation was established in 1991 by William "Bill" E. Kahlert. Bill was a very giving and generous man with a compassion and desire to make a difference in the communities where he lived and worked. Bill served as a member on the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Provident Bank, was the Director of the Baltimore Region American Red Cross, and chairman of the Blood Board.

Bill was co-founder of Evapco Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of evaporative cooling products. Evapco started in 1976 and now manufactures products for the HVAC, Industrial Refrigeration, Power Generation and Industrial Processing markets at 17 facilities in 9 countries around the world. Evapco’s corporate office is in Taneytown, MD located in Carroll County.

Bill Kahlert passed away in 2011. At this time a generous gift to the foundation enabled it to make more and larger grants increasing the impact the foundation has in the community. Bill Kahlert's son, Greg, is now president of the foundation. In 2015 The Kahlert Foundation expanded its philanthropy mission to include Utah. Heather Kahlert, granddaughter of Bill, lives in Utah and has a tremendous passion for philanthropy and serving the needs of the local community. The current annual grant budget of the Kahlert Foundation makes it one of the largest private foundations in Maryland and Utah.

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